Fight Pass Forethought: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez
By Edward Carbajal
One of the first of three big cards at UFC’s International Fight Week features a UFC Fight Night lightweight title bout between Rafael Dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez on Fight Pass. It goes gown Thursday July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
When UFC Fight Pass first came out it was just a library of old UFC, WEC, and Pride Fighting Championship events. Fight fans in the MMA realm most likely already owned their favorite event since the sport started; some even still have the row of UFC VHS tapes from the early days when it was owned by SEG Sports. Over time, live exclusive events have been emerging and still are as people are changing the way they consume media.
The events on Fight Pass have been getting better and this year in particular with the addition of Glory Kickboxing, Eddie Bravo Invitational, Combate Americas and cards like this one. Eddie Alvarez has had a long road to the UFC if you count his time in Bellator and the battles he had there leading up to his bouts with Michael Chandler. When he signed with the UFC, he had to work his way up to fighting Rafael Dos Anjos. In his UFC debut he faced Donald Cerrone and lost a decision. Since, he has grinded out victories over Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis, calling for a champion when he beat a former champion.
The man he called out holds wins over Cerrone (twice), Pettis, Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. Rafael Dos Anjos may very well be the toughest fighter Alvarez has faced since beginning his MMA career in 2003. The pace and durability of both men makes them a good, close match up and difficult to call. Odds makers are sure to be stumped if they look at their last few fights. However, Dos Anjos was injured more recently when he had canceled his bout against Conor McGregor last March.
Both fighters look healthy and seem ready to go in the Fight Pass exclusive UFC Battle Lines: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez released on June 28, a week before they face off. Stylistically they seem evenly matched only with Alvarez having a higher finish rate, more wins, and fewer losses. That may the deciding factor in who pulls off the win between these two along with who can keep up the pressure.
If you haven’t considered trying out UFC Fight Pass, this may be the event you want to try that seven-day free trial out on. See the full card info below:
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass @ 10pm ET)
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez
Roy Nelson vs. Derrick Lewis
Alan Jouban vs. Belal Muhammed
Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass @ 6:30pm ET)
Alberto Mina vs. Mike Pyle
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi
Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes
Russell Doane vs. Pedro Munhoz
Felip Arrantes vs. Jerrod Sanders
Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski
Marco Beltran vs. Reginaldo Vieira
Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.